Masculine Identity

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Alison McNeil Kettering discusses masculine identity portrayed in Dutch portraiture during the seventeenth century as an identity that was not set in stone but instead malleable. She begins by explaining that his character and his accomplishments valued a man, and not fancy outward appearances, and that codes and conventions for representing masculinity required an image of dignity, self-control, and professional identity. Artists took great care to create the appropriate imagery to portray such a man, using black restrained clothing, upright postures, and the corresponding social character. In contrast to these ideals, the author presents imagery considered effeminate during this period, such as Niolaes Maes’ Portrait of Simon van Alphen

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